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To excel in an interview, one must be fully prepared and have proper knowledge about the position they have applied for. In order to ensure a potential job candidate is right for the job, it’s important that the interviewer asks the appropriate questions.

Here are some questions to ask a potential job candidate.

Why Do You Want to Work Here?

What does the candidate know about the company? And why is the candidate willing to work here?

These questions are extremely important to ask because they can show you how much the candidate actually cares about and understands the role they’re interviewing for. Simple questions like these can help you determine not only if they’ve done their research but if they are genuinely excited about the work they’d be doing.

What skills can the candidate bring to this job position?

The candidate should have solid skills for the job position they intend to apply for. It’s important to ask potential candidates about how they’ve used their skills in previous positions in order to ensure they understand what they’re doing. You may be looking for someone who knows exactly what they’re doing and can enter a role with little to no training, so you have to ask questions that will help you understand whether or not they do. 

How efficient is the candidate when working in a team?

An interviewer should always cater to the interests of the candidate. Whether the candidate prefers working as part of a team or as an individual at some point in time, every company encourages teamwork among its employees. It brings innovation and creativity and allows individuals to think out of the box.

Further, the interviewer must prioritize the most important parts of the job. For instance, if the job requires an individual who must have the ability to supervise themselves and work remotely, then that is a core component or element of the job. If the company is seeking to tackle a significant project that requires the individual to go above and beyond with collaboration, then that is what they must prioritize.

Conclusively, an interviewer should plan and shortlist a series of questions before interviewing the candidate. The interviewer must aim to be thorough and comprehensive in every aspect of the process. While it might seem like it is tedious and painstaking at times, remember that this is a potential hire that will add value or detract value from the organization.